Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor, outlines the appeal of taking on a tough physical challenge for a good cause.
We all like to be challenged. That sense of achievement that can only come from surmounting obstacles and realising goals is what makes us feel alive. The difficulty and severity of some challenges, however, means that we sometimes need an extra push to see us triumphantly over the line.
What better way, then, to provide that added boost than the knowledge that we are putting ourselves through considerable strain to raise money for a good cause. When donations to a charity close to your heart are dependent on success, you will find the inner strength to run that extra yard, swim that extra stroke and climb that extra foot. Challenges for charity come in all shapes and sizes and you can find further information below on the following:
A week of adventure centred around Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park, Canada. The challenge is open to all and the week will be tailor made to suit the individual with activities including kayaking, white water rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and the ultimate challenge - an ascent of Mount Edith Cavell. Something for everyone!
So, you want to do something for charity but don’t fancy running, swimming (that’s too cold) or walking (that’s too slow)? Why not try the nation’s new favourite sport and get on two wheels for a charity bike ride?
Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the 2012 Olympics, this event follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital & into Surreys stunning countryside.
Charity treks are the perfect excuse and opportunity to explore somewhere new. Whether it’s a trek in the Himalayas, a mountain and/or desert challenge in Morocco or a jungle trek in Borneo, there’s a place and an experience to suit everyone.
Don’t miss out on what's going on - sign up to our weekly newsletter!
This trek sees us following the Machame route, one of the most popular and interesting routes up the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro.
On this unique adventure we trek far from the tourist trail, along paths trodden by Maasai herdsmen for generations.
A great summers day cycling - London through the Chilterns to Oxford & raise money for Prostate Cancer Research. Live music, refreshments & beer tent. Bike ride min. age is 14.
Are we looking for you or someone you know?
Supporting the treatment of children with leukaemia - the most common form of childhood cancer.
Find out more about featuring your challenge events on timeoutdoors.